A head teacher says:
‘Working with SNMAT is really refining what we do in our own school. I feel I know so much more about our strengths and weaknesses than ever before and have some real clarity in what our next steps need to be’.
At SNMAT we know that our core purpose is to promote excellence in all that our academies do, in order that children and young people get the best possible start to life.
All partner academies receive three strands of improvement work. These are:
We also know that professional development is key to success at every level of academy work. All of our partner academies populate the ‘Knowledge Base’. This identifies the strengths and skills of every person employed in SNMAT. It provides an invaluable source of support for academy leaders, who use it to seek out the best practice and share it so that all academies can benefit from the skills that are too often hidden in academies and schools.
Supporting a colleague can often be a very rewarding aspect of our work in education.
At SNMAT, senior leaders work together to improve things, often in each other’s academies.
We do not, however, have a policy of moving school leaders or effective teachers around into different academies without the consent of the local governing body. We recognise that there will be opportunities for staff at all levels to gain invaluable experience by working with other academies and, when local governing bodies are in agreement, teachers may opt to undertake project work to support colleagues and academies. We encourage this as growing our talent is key to sustaining success for all of our academies: we can offer a full career flight path for ambitious and aspirational leaders – from NQT to principal.